TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Aldershot Town
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Tuesday 27th April 2021
Current form (all competitions):
Torquay United: D, W, W, W, W, W
Aldershot: L, W, W, L, D, W
Torquay: Asa Hall 11
Aldershot: Josh Rees 12
Head to Head (includes all matches against Aldershot and Aldershot Town):
Last time the two teams met: Aldershot Town 1-4 Torquay United, Tuesday 27th August 2020.
Torquay moved to the top of the National League table after they struck three second-half goals to win at Aldershot Town.
The Shots took the lead in the eighth minute when birthday boy Craig Tanner produced a close-range finish for his third goal of the season. Josh Rees missed a great chance to make it 2-0 before Chike Kandi was denied by a fantastic save from Torquay goalkeeper Lucas Covolan.
Torquay then levelled two minutes before the break when Shots goalkeeper Mitchell Walker fumbled Ben Wynter’s cross into the net. Danny Wright nodded Torquay in front two minutes into the second half before Ben Whitfield made it 3-1 four minutes later after good work from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans.
Wright added his second at the end, when he netted at the second attempt after his initial effort hit the post, to wrap up a fourth successive league win for the Gulls.
Manager: Danny Searle
Danny Searle was appointed as Aldershot Town in the summer of 2019 after a short spell in charge of Braintree Town. While in charge of Braintree, he oversaw an upturn in the Iron’s future after replacing Maidstone United bound Hakan Hayrettin in January 2019, which saw them beat both Salford City and AFC Fylde and draw with Leyton Orient. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to stop Braintree from making an immediate return to National League South. Searle has also coached at the academies of Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Southend United and West Ham United.
One to watch: Josh Rees
Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: Oct 4, 1993 – 27 Years Old
Former Clubs: Arsenal, Notts Forest, Nuneaton, Torquay United, Braintree, Chelmsford, Bromley, Gillingham.
International: English (5 caps, 1 goal for England U17)
National League Stats 20-21: Played 36, Goals 12.
A familiar name to United fans, Josh Rees arrived at Plainmoor on loan from Nottingham Forest in January 2016 and proved to be a key performer as the Gulls completed their first ‘great escape’ under Kevin Nicholson in the 2015-16 season. A product of the Arsenal academy, Rees re-ignited his career with Chelmsford City, in National League South, and Bromley, in the National League, which helped to earn him a return to the Football League with Gillingham. After failing to hold a regular first team spot at the Priestfield Stadium, he returned to Bromley in August 2019 where he stayed for a year before signing for the Shots in the summer of 2020. He is currently Aldershot’s top scorer with 12 goals.
View from the Sofa by Sam Jones:
It’s starting to feel like fate isn’t it? A late Ben Wynter equaliser in April? Where have I heard that before. After United’s incredibly dramatic draw with Notts County, it feels like anything is possible. The Gulls are top again and we feel like we can push on. Granted Sutton have a game in hand, but it feels like they are wobbling. A win against mid-table Aldershot and the title is very much up for grabs. How’s your nerves?
Ben Wynter – Sam Sherring – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey
Adam Randell – Asa Hall – Matt Buse – Jake Andrews
Aldershot Town (4-1-2-1-2):
George Fowler – Kodi Lyons-Foster – Jamie Sendles-White – Lewis Kinsella
Josh Rees – Joel Nouble
Ricky Miller – Harry Panayioutou